About NAMI

“The Area’s Voice on Mental Illness”


To improve the lives of persons affected by mental illness and their families through support, education and advocacy.


A world without shame where all persons impacted by mental illness experience optimal health.


  • We believe each person is valued and has equal worth irrespective to background or status.
  • We believe in respecting each person’s unique recovery journey.
  • We believe each person has an important role in educating, dispelling myths, and rejecting stigma.
  • We believe each person’s quality of life is worth an investment and has an impact on the community.
  • We believe family support is important.

What is NAMI Southwest Missouri?

NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI Southwest Missouri is the local affiliate for NAMI and NAMI Missouri in the Southwest Missouri area. NAMI SWMO is also a partner agency with United Way of the Ozarks and the Missouri Department of Mental Health. We are a grassroots, not for profit organization dedicated to providing programs and services to individuals and family members impacted by mental illness. As a peer support agency, services include a Drop-In Center, called the Hope Center, which includes support groups, and other activities for individuals with mental illness that help them to work toward recovery. Our services also include family education and support groups and community education programs that aide in breaking down stigma and discrimination. NAMI also contracts with the state to provides a Peer Support Warm Line that is available from 9:30 am – 10:00 pm on Monday thru Friday, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm on Saturday and 10:00 am – 4:00 pm on Sunday. You can reach the Warm Line at 417-864-3676 or toll free at 1-877-535-4357. For information about all NAMI services you may contact 864-7119. Collectively, we are the “Areas Voice on Mental Illness”.


NAMI Southwest Missouri, which began in 1982, serves people with mental illness and their families. NAMI SWMO is committed to improving the lives of people with mental illness and serves anyone affected by these illnesses.

Severe mental illnesses are catastrophic diseases with unknown causes and cures, but treatment can be effective. They often strike young people in their most productive years and can devastate families emotionally, physically, and financially. People with mental illness deserve appropriate care; but because of stigma and discrimination, many are not able to access needed treatment, services, education, housing, and employment opportunities.

NAMI Southwest Missouri offers a wide variety of services and support and has continued to increase programs and services to meet the expanding needs of this area. The number of support groups and activities has grown significantly to meet the increased needs.

NAMI Southwest Missouri is directed by an active Board of Directors and managed by a full time Executive Director.

Board of Directors

Neil Frost – President
Kelly Hall – 1st Vice President
Lee Ann Walker, P.C. – 2nd Vice President
Alan Chapman – Secretary

Ray Burmood
Cynthia Collins
Betsy Curtis
Liz Delany
Angela Frizell
Chuck Gilpin
Dayna Harbin
Larry Maddox
Andrew Richardson
Deborah Walker